I’ve been living in Metro Vancouver for more than 10 years, and I don’t think people here waited for this long to go across the border. I finally visited Seattle for the first time on the Easter long weekend. Like my Big Island trip, I did all the research myself, and it turned out to be better this time. Below is my 3-day Seattle Itinerary. I am more and more confident about trip planning!
I booked two Marriott hotels for our two nights. There was a promotion for new Marriott members. I would earn a free 1-night category 1-5 e-certificate after two stays. Thus, it was a great chance to utilize this promotion by booking two different hotels.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bellevue/Redmond – Guest room, 2 Queen – $78.93 USD including taxes
- Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Guest room, 1 King or 2 Double – $177.71 USD including taxes
I got the discounted rates with my BCAA membership, which saved me quite some money. Also, at Renaissance Seattle Hotel, I got upgraded to the “Corner King Room, Parlor, 1 King, Sofa bed, Corner room,” which is their second highest level room beside the club level rooms. I didn’t expect this to happen, and I felt honoured.
Before I booked the hotels, I utilized all the resources and knowledge I had. First, I obtained SPG Preferred Guest Plus with my BCAA membership. A few days later, I automatically received silver status with Marriott from my linked SPG account. Then, I researched Marriott hotels in Seattle and chose the two that worked the best for me. The Fairfield Inn stay came with free parking and breakfast and offered the lowest AAA rate. The Renaissance Seattle Hotel stay did not include breakfast or parking, but it was the cheapest option in downtown Seattle.
I will review both accommodations with separate posts.
I have a Europe trip coming up and will need to reserve some money for it. Thus, we only visited two paid attractions and stayed away from others. We spent a lot more on food, including two visits to Din Tai Fung.
Day 1 (Mar 30): Scenic Drives
- Tony’s Coffee House, Fairhaven
- Chuckanut Drive
- Taylor Shellfish Farms
- See tulip fields, Skagit Valley / Mt Vernon
- Deception Pass, Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island
- Lunch at Arnies Restaurant & Bar, Mukilteo
- Bellevue Botanical Garden
- Bellevue Square
Places we missed
I planned to stop at a few state parks. We thought we were going to pay a lot for parking at each park, so we skipped all of them. When I realized how Discover Passes worked, it was too late, and we weren’t going to visit more parks.
- Larrabee State Park
- Deception Pass State Park (we only stopped on the roadside)
- Fort Casey Historical State Park
Day 2 (Mar 31): Downtown Seattle
- Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Pike Place Market
- Le Panier
- Dinner at Toulouse Petit
- Kerry Park
Day 3 (Apr 1): University of Washington
- Pike Place Market
- Piroshky Piroshky
- Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
- Lunch at Din Tai Fung University Village
- University Village
- Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
- Cherry Blossom at the University of Washington
- Seattle Premium Outlets
It was a very nice little trip! I should totally do this more often. My biggest impression is the food. We loved Din Tai Fung so much and at the end visited the restaurant twice. Toulouse Petit introduced me some New Orlean style food, which was also a brand new experience. I can’t wait to explore more Canadian and US cities!